Find fun things to do in New Braunfels like kayaking on Canyon Lake

German traditions meet modern Texan style in New Braunfels, a charming city set along the Guadalupe and Comal rivers in the heart of Hill Country. Book a comfortable room or suite at the Country Inn & Suites to stay minutes from downtown biergartens, bakeries, boutiques, and restaurants. Kids love riding the miniature train in Landa Park, a 51-acre green space that provides the focal point for the annual Wurstfest. In Gruene Historic District, you can dine on the site of an old riverside cotton gin and tap your toes to live music at Gruene Hall. Families will find plenty of fun things to do, from speeding down towering slides at Schlitterbahn Waterpark to exploring rock formations in Natural Bridge Caverns or kayaking on Canyon Lake. Devote a day to exploring the various playgrounds and educational centers at Fischer Park before attending a movie at Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre.

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Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo

6.74 mi / 10.84 km from the hotel
In addition to housing exotic animals like zebras, crocodiles, and fennec foxes, this zoo is also home to the Two Rivers Mining Co. and offers various animal encounters you can book in advance.

Natural Bridge Caverns

15.13 mi / 24.35 km from the hotel
Descend deep underground or soar above the treetops at Natural Bridge Caverns. Take a guided tour of one of the largest caverns in Texas to see awe-inspiring stalactites and stalagmites, and then ride the 685-foot-long Twisted Trails zip line.

Canyon Lake

14.66 mi / 23.59 km from the hotel
Rent a boat, stand-up paddleboard, or Jet Ski to explore the lake, or find the perfect fishing spot. You can picnic and swim at lakeside parks like Comal Park during the warmer months.

Dry Comal Creek Vineyards

11.77 mi / 18.94 km from the hotel
The family owners of this vineyard in Texas Hill Country are recognized statewide as pioneers of winemaking using Black Spanish grapes. Enjoy a guided tasting or pair wine with charcuterie or food truck snacks on the patio.

Gruene Historic District

2.38 mi / 3.83 km from the hotel
Spend an afternoon perusing antiques and specialty shops in the Gruene Historic District. Check the calendar to catch live music at a dance hall dating from 1878, or plan a wine-tasting trip with friends.

Landa Park

2.46 mi / 3.95 km from the hotel
At this 51-acre park, you can rent a paddleboat to cruise on the lake, play miniature golf, or stroll along tree-lined trails. Kids love riding the mini train.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

14.71 mi / 23.68 km from the hotel
Drive through a 450-acre habitat, home to more than 500 uncaged species. Lemur Island and the giraffe barn are just two of the many fascinating stops you’ll find at this educational and entertaining animal sanctuary.

New Braunfels Main Plaza

2.03 mi / 3.26 km from the hotel
Located in front of the historic Comal County Courthouse, the city’s quaint central plaza features a restored 19th-century fountain and a 1905 bandstand. Browse nearby boutiques and gift shops or stop at one of the many restaurants, bakeries, and cafés.

Texas Ski Ranch

5.24 mi / 8.43 km from the hotel
Whether you’re a wakeboarding beginner or an air-trick ace, you’ll find plenty of action at this 70-acre cable park.

The Bandit Golf Club

5.64 mi / 9.08 km from the hotel
Bring your game to The Bandit. While scenery like Long Creek and Lake McQueeney add great views to the course, they also create additional challenges along the way.

Tanger Outlets

10.23 mi / 16.46 km from the hotel
Browse outlet stores like Calvin Klein, LOFT, and Torrid to dress yourself from head to toe.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels

2.07 mi / 3.34 km from the hotel
Guests young and old enjoy splashing around this fun summertime destination featuring more than 50 rivers, lagoons, rides, and slides.